Mimi Harker joins the board of Community Impact Bucks

10 August 2017

Councillor Mimi Harker OBE has been announced as the chair designate of Community Impact Bucks (CIB), and will formally take up the new role in September.

Mimi HarkerCllr Harker is no stranger to supporting charities and has dedicated much of her life to supporting such groups as Contact the Elderly, Chiltern Scouts, South Bucks Community Hospice, Dreamflight, Chiltern Food Bank and many others. She will retain the fantastic work she does in her role as Armed Forces Champion in Bucks.

Cllr Harker was co-opted on to the board of Community Impact Bucks alongside Lesley Davies, an experienced senior director for some of UK’s leading brands, and Jason Sinclair, Employability and Business Partner at the University of Buckingham, and all will become full trustee board members at the AGM in September, making a great addition to the existing team.  They join at a time when small charities in Buckinghamshire are facing a difficult future with reductions in income, increasing demand for services and a competitive market in the search for donors. 

With so many local charities seeking to build links and partnerships with business, Cllr Harker will also add her experience as entrepreneur having trained at the Peter Jones Enterprise Academy and been involved in start-up businesses – including her own.

Nick Phillips, Group Chief Executive at CIB said, “We are so pleased that Mimi agreed to take up the post of Chair for Community Impact Bucks. As a charity that champions volunteering and directly supports over 500 local charities a year the fit is perfect. We will benefit from Mimi’s passion and ability to make people take notice. With the challenges facing the county in the areas of elderly population, youth mental health and housing a strong charity support organisation is essential and with Mimi leading a strong trustee team we can support more community groups and charities than ever.”

Cllr Harker said, “It is because I have worked with so many of the charities that Community Impact Bucks supports that I welcomed the opportunity to join their board. Nick and I are in complete agreement about the key elements that make up strong charities and we will be focusing on giving our support to the leadership and trustees as a priority as well as volunteering, funding and skills development over the coming years. I am so excited about the difference we can make to those organisations that make such a difference to us in the community.” 

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